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Recalling the origins of the Galen Rowell Graduated ND Filters

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Dewitt Jones

In those bygone days, BD (Before Digital), one of the biggest frustrations for landscape photographers was the limited latitude of color slide film. A four to five-stop dynamic range was all that our film could handle before the shadows blocked up or the highlights burned out. This presented a real problem especially when we were faced with a beautiful (but dark) foreground and a glorious (but very bright) background sky. At best, we would have to wait for just the …